Speakers from Agility, ANA Cargo, Polar Air Cargo to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has grown to include Andy Vargoczky, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific at Agility; Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales at ANA Cargo; and Kersti Krepp, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific with Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Andy Vargoczky heads […]

Sichuan Airlines prepares for launch with A330-200Fs

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has selected Brussels as the first international destination to be served by the carrier’s incoming A330-200Fs. Thrice-weekly flights are expected to launch before the end of April, according to Brussels Airport. Cargo Facts reported in May that three BOC Aviation owned A330-200Fs coming off lease with Qatar Airways would likely end up […]

Executives from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, CEO of MAB Kargo. George […]

AEI awarded STC for 737-800SF, redelivery to Ethiopian expected shortly [VIDEO]

This week, US-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) was awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion of passenger 737-800 airframes to freighter configuration. Redelivery of the first freighter-converted 737-800SF (29121, ex-Correndon Airlines) to launch operator Ethiopian Airlines is expected in a matter of weeks. Touch labor for AEI’s second 737-800SF (32613, ex-China Southern […]

Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]

Asian carrier traffic fell steeply in February

Major carriers based in Asia are reporting steep declines in cargo demand for the month of February, compared to the same month in 2018. Although distortions can be expected when it comes to annual comparisons for the months of January or February due to the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday, this year’s declines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 20, 2019

Amazon Air to add 737-800BCFs, first freighter spotted in China

A Boeing-converted 737-800BCF (32882, ex-China Southern Airlines) was spotted in China this week sporting an Amazon Air “Prime Air” livery similar to what is customarily associated with what emblazons the e-tailer’s 767F network, a clear indication the operation will soon add a new fleet type. Shortly after photos of the aircraft were leaked to Twitter, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 19, 2019

Far from stellar, Lufthansa Cargo questions if 2019 will be a normal year, or a crisis year

FRANKFURT, Germany – After two stellar years of growth for air freight, increasing trade friction is making Lufthansa Cargo feel more cautious about its outlook for 2019. Long-term, however, the German combination carrier maintains a positive outlook and continues to invest in its freighter fleet and cargo infrastructure. At its annual press conference in Frankfurt […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • March 18, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions mid-February to mid-March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 15, 2019

8 combination carriers where cargo contributes most to revenue

As combination carriers around the world begin reporting their 2018 year-end financial results, the relevant importance of cargo becomes abundantly clear by looking at cargo revenues as a fraction of a carrier’s overall transport revenue. Of the carriers listed on the chart at right, cargo’s share of a carrier’s revenue ranges from 1.9% at Delta […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 14, 2019

Speakers from Agility, ANA Cargo, Polar Air Cargo to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has grown to include Andy Vargoczky, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific at Agility; Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales at ANA Cargo; and Kersti Krepp, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific with Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Andy Vargoczky heads […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 14, 2019

With today’s 777X rollout, when will 777 P-to-F programs arrive?

Boeing discretely unveiled the first 777X earlier today at the company’s Everett, Washington, assembly plant. What would have normally been presented as a global media spectacle aimed at capturing the world’s attention was instead a small event limited mostly to employees and non-media guests. Earlier this week, following the loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the company […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • March 13, 2019

Will 737 MAX 8 concerns impact freighter conversion market?

Last Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 departed Addis Ababa at 8:44 a.m. local time on flight ET 302, and had yet to reach cruising altitude when after just six minutes, the Nairobi-bound aircraft lost communication with air traffic controllers. Minutes later, the aircraft crashed, killing all 157 people on board. Although on the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 12, 2019
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